Monday, March 23, 2015

Cheezy Loaded Baked Potato Basketball Dip with Cheez-Its

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Isn't March the best time of the year for basketball fans?
In Memphis, we LOVE our basketball! Even though our college team isn't in the tournament this year, we can still fill out our brackets with the best of 'em!
And, what's a March without basketball parties and yummy dip recipes, right?

I'm going to show you how to make the EASIEST and yummiest dip you will ever make, and I'm going to show you how to make it perfectly basketball-themed for all those fun parties in the next few weeks!
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To get all our supplies, we ran into Wal-Mart and picked up some Cheez-Its Crunch'd and some Cheez-It Grooves. You can find them on the cracker aisle, or on the end cap like this.
Everyone in my family loves Cheez-Its. My older son is limited verbally, but he can say "Cheez-It" with the best of them! Cheez-Its are 100% real cheese, so you can feel good about giving them to your entire family.

So here's what you need to make your delicious Cheezy Loaded Baked Potato Basketball Dip!

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1 16 oz container Sour Cream
6-8 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1 8 oz bag shredded cheddar (or shred your own)
1 1 oz envelope of Ranch dressing mix
1 Box Cheez-Its Grooves
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Start by mixing the ranch dressing packet into the sour cream. 
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Add the cheese and mix. 
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Add bacon and green onions. 
Mix until fully combined. 
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Spread into a glass pie-plate. 

Put a few handfuls of Cheez-Its Grooves into a large plastic bag. Roll with a rolling pin until crushed. 
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Sprinkle the Cheez-Its Grooves onto the top of the dip until it is completely orange. 
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Do the same thing with the blue corn tortillas chips. 
Take little pinches of the crushed tortillas and sprinkle them onto the dip in a basketball pattern 
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Serve with remaining Cheez-Its Grooves and Cheez-Its Crunch'd and blue corn chips. 
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If you love Cheez-Its as much as we do, you can enter a really fun contest called the "Most Valuable Cheese Contest" from February-April. You can vote on your favorite varieties and flavors and also play some fun games for a chance to win $10,000! 
And for some really fun recipes and party ideas, you can visit Snackable Moments!

Have fun rooting on your team this March!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

{My Parties} Simply Delicious Tasting Event at PropCellar

Earlier this month, I was honored to be asked to help with a really cool event here in Memphis
My preferred caterer, Simply Delicious Caterings, throws a really awesome tasting party every few months for their existing and prospective clients, favorite vendors, and upcoming brides. 
It gives everyone a chance to see what Simply Delicious can do and also lets Simply Delicious have an audience for rolling out new menu ideas and concepts. 
It's really fun! And who doesn't like tasting a bunch of delicious food? 

Tricia, the owner of Simply Delicious asked me to design the dessert station for them!
I was thrilled to do it! I got to flex some creative muscle, while showcasing some of my very favorite Memphis vendors!
Tricia wanted me to work on a Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year, color scheme. 
I knew I wanted to warm it up with gold being the complimentary color and to really concentrate on a modern interpretation of the dessert table. 
So, I decided to do a Modern Art theme. 
I started by painting this backdrop using some simple acrylic paint on a very large piece of foam board that I got at Hobby Lobby for $9.99! . I'm such a perfectionist that I am never happy with my paintings (and I have an Art degree!) but I do love how this one came out. 
I added some vinyl to the foam board with the word "taste" on it and then painted directly over it. After the paint dried, I simply peeled off the vinyl to reveal the word. 

Laura from The Flour Garden created this masterpiece of a cake for us. 
I think she thought I was half crazy when I told her what I wanted, but once I sent her the picture of the painting, she totally delivered on my vision!
This naked Strawberry Cheesecake Cake was absolutely gorgeous. I love the way she scraped the gold icing around it. It was a stunner for sure!

Since we were using a variety of different sweets vendors on this table, I knew I wanted to do some small signage for them. Zoila at Squared Party Printables made me this beautiful marsala and gold signs. They have the faintest damask pattern in the back and they were just beautiful.
I framed them in some simple dollar store frames that I spray-painted to coordinate with the theme.

The location of the event, Propcellar, is such a COOL warehouse space that also rents out vintage furniture for events. It has the best high ceiling with metal rafters, so I KNEW I had to capitalize on that and hang some things around my table. 
I had some leftover pieces of wood in my garage so I glued them all together into these 3-D shapes and then sprayed them all gold. I hung them using clear craft lacing to create the illusion of them floating around the table. Then, my adorable friends at L&Jay Productions added these beautiful yellow and burgundy orchids to them. 

For the cookies, Whimsy Cookie Co, made us these beautiful sugar cookies and red velvet cake cookies. 
I am a huge fan of Whimsy's cookies, and I knew we had to have these red velvet ones too because not only do they match the color scheme but they are life-changing! I mean, so delicious!

These cookies did not last long, as you can imagine! And best of all, I got to catch up with Laurie, the mastermind of Whimsy Cookie Co, who is just adorable!

These risers were my favorite part of the table design. I used simple acrylic cereal and food containers from Walmart and then dripped acrylic paint down inside them. Then, I let them dry and turned them upside down and topped them with gold chargers. I LOVE these. 

The gold lace overlay was a super inexpensive project too. I also got this lace table topper at Walmart and then spray painted it gold! The table needed a little softness without using a full linen, and this did the trick perfectly. 

On the other side of the table, Phillip Ashley Chocolates provided these BEAUTIFUL gourmet chocolates for the event. There were two different flavors; Amaretto Almond Praline and Fig Jam, Port Wine Goat Cheese. 
And oh my goodness were they delicious. 

Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals provided the beautiful plates and flatware and the high-top tables and linens for the serving. The iridescent crinkle linen looked great up next to my painting!

For this even, I had to distinct privilege of "shopping" inside Propcellar and using whatever I liked from their stock of awesome vintage furniture. 
I was swooning over this mid-century Danish dining table. I love how the lines of the legs echo the hanging geometric shapes! Plus, my grandparents had one almost exactly like it!
Special thanks to Ramblin' Rose Photography and Creation Studios for some of the gorgeous photography of the table!

The lovely Laurie and Meredith from Whimsy Cookie Co. 

And the totally awesome Lee and Jonathan from L&Jay Productions! 

And HUGE thanks to Tricia and her team at Simply Delicious Caterings for asking me to help with this super fun event!
For more pictures, you can visit the Simply Delicious Facebook page! 


Photography: Ramblin Rose Photography and Creation Studios, and GreyGrey Designs
Rentals: Mahaffey
Venue: PropCellar
Printable Signs: Squared Party Printables
Table Design and Art Piece: GreyGrey Designs